Saturday, January 3, 2015
Time To Tie Flies - A Retro Fly Revisted
Years ago, before the emerger entered the fly fishing language, we had a simple group that represented the aquatic insect stage: the nymph, the wet fly and the dry fly. I'll center the discussion on the second in the group.
Decades ago the fly fishing catalogs had pages of wet flies. Many of the offerings were real throwbacks to early 20th century brook trout patterns which were probably the first "attractor" patterns - gaudy, bright creations that didn't resemble any insect but caught gullible trout. But there were others that had the color, shape and profile to give a passable representation of a natural insect. And they caught trout, lots of trout!!!! Now the catalogs are empty of them. Some have said that their use is beneath us. Use an emerger, it's more scientific! But there is a time and place for the old patterns and one pattern is the Millers Sedge.
No, it's not an old pattern since I concocted it about a dozen years ago. It's created to represent a caddis fly drifting through fast choppy water. The wet fly wing gives it an easily seen profile and the colors shout "caddis" although it can be used during a number of larger mayfly hatches.
Hook - Mustad wet fly size 10 - 12 (I said it was a retro fly. That's why the Mustad hook!)
Body - olive, yellow, brown or dark orange dubbing. The orange works especially when the pumpkin caddis are doing their thing.
Hackle - brown grizzly. I take those useless black/white grizzly capes, split them down the middle and dye them a useful color. Brown is one of them.
Tail - same as the hackle if you want to add one.
Wing - A wide but short slip(s) of turkey wing (matched). Now, if you are under 40 years old this part will drive you crazy because the wing wants to separate when tied in. Back in the day we knew the tricks to prevent this but a short cut is to apply some clear glue to the non shiny side of the feathers.
I've swung this fly from the Kempfield Section down to the Bridge Street Pool on the Millers for years. It still works even on those intelligent browns.
Posted by Millers River Flyfisher at 2:38 PM
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